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MM. LaFleur Bento Box Clothing Subscription Review – June 2018

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillyJun 8, 2018 | 31 comments

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MM.LaFleur is a high-end women’s clothing company that specializes in fashionable professional pieces that help women feel powerful and polished. You can buy their dresses, separates, jackets, and other work wardrobe essentials on their online store, or you can sign up for one of their Bento Boxes, which include a collection of items curated just for you!

mm lafleur unboxing

Choose which pieces you like best and return the rest within 4 days for no charge. Shipping and returns are totally free! You’ll only be charged for what you keep, and individual pieces range from $110 to $325.

mm lafleur wrapped items

mm lafleur bag

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

mm lafleur all items in bento box

About the MM.LaFleur Bento Box Workwear Styling Service

The Subscription Box: MM.LaFleur Bento Box

The Cost: Free! Just pay for what you keep. Individual pieces range from $110-$325.

The Products: High-end women’s workwear, including dresses, pants, blouses, jackets, jewelry, and other professional wardrobe essentials curated to fit your preferences. Sizes include 0P-22W.

Ships to: 50 United States, select US Territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Palau, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and American Samoa), and US Military addresses.

MM.LaFleur Bento Box Review

mm lafleur survey

The first step in getting a Bento Box is filling out a survey about my preferences and sizes.

mm lafleur invoice

Here’s my invoice for my MM.LaFleur Bento Box. I like that the person who packed my box hand-signed the card!

mm lafleur instructions

mm lafleur return label

After the 4-day trial period, I’ll return what pieces I don’t want (and don’t want to be charged for). They include a pre-paid return shipping label to make the process super easy. The clothes come packed inside a zip-shut plastic envelope for safe-keeping and can be returned in the same envelope (and box) to make sure the clothes get back to the company unscathed.

mm lafleur black top and pants

mm lafleur lace top with lining

mm lafleur cap sleeve top

Greta Top in Black, Size Medium – Retail Value $325.00

I loooove this top! Typically I don’t love cap-sleeved cuts, but the bitty shoulders on this top are perfectly flattering. This top is actually made of two pieces—a silky-smooth V-necked camisole (80% cellulose acetate, 18% polyester) and a lacy mesh overlay (65% cotton, 20% viscose, 15% nylon). I really like how this top toes the line between being edgy and sophisticated. I feel like I could wear it to a Friday night networking event over jeans or to a meeting on top of crisp trousers or tucked into a skirt.

mm lafleur black trousers

mm lafleur black trousers with pockets

Mejia Pant in Black, Size 10 – Retail Value $225.00

Buying jeans is tough enough for me, but buying work pants? Ugh, it’s such an intimidating process. It’s hard to find pants that are tailored, but not tight, comfortable, but still polished… I’m historically bad about it. I was worried that these pants would wind up fitting not-so-well on my curvier bottom half, but I was pleasantly surprised by how great these pants fit! They’re made of 96% wool and 4% elastane, so they’re a bit thicker but surprisingly breathable. The thickness helps them be super flattering, and the smidge of stretch makes them feel extra comfortable. Granted, the pants I usually buy tend to be about half the cost of this well-made pair, but they sure would make a great investment piece.

mm lafleur navy top with wrap shape

mm lafleur back of navy top

The Kait Top in Mixed Print/Navy, Size Medium – Retail Value $165.00

I struggle to find workwear that still feels like me. Something that’s a little laid back and modern, but still refined enough to work in the office. This top is just the kind of thing I’d pick for myself. It’s 100% viscose, which means it’s silky, light, and cool to wear. The taupe patterns feel like little pencil scratches—they give this draping blouse a creative vibe that I really like.

mm lafleur black highwaisted pants

mm lafleur side zip pants

Oshima Pant in Black, Size 10 – Retail Value $195.00

I got a second pair of black pants in this box! This (52% cotton, 38% nylon, 10% elastane) style lacks the pockets of the last pair, but they do have a fun ankle cut that I actually find pretty flattering. (TBH, the model on the product page for this site is so tall that these look like cropped pants, but on me, they only go so far as my ankle.) The high waistline is great, too.

mm lafleur beige tank

Sawyer Top in Sand, Size Medium – Retail Value $45.00

I think this beige tank would make a great under-layer for thinner blouses, but by itself, it doesn’t impress me much otherwise. The color just washes me out. The top is made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex so it’s very breathable and comfy, though! Untucked, it goes down to about my hips, so it’s ideal for tucking into skirts and pants.

mm lafleur blue skirt

mm lafleur cobalt skirt

mm lafleur back of blue skirt

Lenox Skirt, Silk, in Royal Navy, Size 8 – Retail Value $465.00

This (95% Silk, 5% Lycra) skirt is a stunner! I love the bright cobalt blue color and the swooping, pleated drape around the front. There’s a zipper up the back and a smooth lining on the inside. I can dress it down for work (maybe with a white button-up shirt and a navy blazer) but that flirty slit in the front makes it seem like something I should wear to a party or special event.

mm lafleur patterned pencil skirt

mm lafleur pencil skirt with vent

mm lafleur pencil skirt zipper

Noho Skirt in Crackle, Size 8 – Retail Value $165.00

I wasn’t sold on how this pencil skirt looked on me. I like the flattering thickness of the 76% cotton, 22% nylon, 2% elastane outer fabric, but I don’t think the silhouette is quite right for my body shape. I do think the tweed-ish pattern is pretty unique. From far away it almost looks like snakeskin, don’t you think?

mm lafleur gray sheath dress with v neckline

mm lafleur gray sheath dress

mm lafleur gray dress from behind

mm lafleur neckline on gray dress

Rachel Dress in Chevron Stripe Fig, Size 10 – Retail Value $240.00

I love the color of this dress, but something about it felt a bit matronly on me. Probably because of the thickness of the 49% viscose, 45% polyester, 6% elastane fabric and the broadness of the V-neckline. The color and pattern, however, is gorgeous. I love how it’s kind of a purpley gray. The length is nice on me, too. It hits right above my knee.

mm lafleur gray dress with boatneck

mm lafleur back of dark sheath

mm lafleur twisting shoulder on black dress

Lydia Dress in Cinder, Size 10 – Retail Value $195.00

This was one of the less expensive pieces in the box, but it might be my favorite pick of all! The heathered charcoal color is just my style—it could work for the office, a fancy dinner, a networking event… Whatever I might need. I love the simple detail of the twisted shoulders. The shape is pretty flattering, too. I like that the skirt hugs my hips but then shoots straight down, rather than pointing in. The material is 65% viscose, 30% nylon, 5% elastane, so it’s got just a bit of stretch and doesn’t feel too stuffy for being a slightly thicker sheath dress.

mm lafleur teal sheath dress

mm lafleur teal dress with belt

mm lafleur teak dress with vent

Felisa Dress in Rainforest, Size 8 – Retail Value $195.00

I love the color of this (polyester, 7% spandex) dress! The cap sleeves are a little precious for my style, but I love the wrap shape. I think it’s super flattering. The belt also helps create a waistline, which is a look I really love.

mm lafleur jewelry box

mm lafleur necklace in box

mm lafleur necklace detail

mm lafleur necklace

Five Stone Necklace in White Gold – Retail Value $325.00

There’s also a necklace in the box! It’s just enough sparkle to spice up a work outfit. The necklace is made with 14K white gold and measures 18″ long. It’s the kind of thing that would easily work in a myriad of outfits.

The Verdict: Full disclosure, I don’t buy enough higher-end clothing to know whether these pieces hold up to their higher price tags. But as someone who usually only spends around $100 on real investment pieces (like blazers and pants for work), I can say that I think the quality of these items are impressive. They’re extremely comfortable and seem beautifully constructed. I do wish more pieces weren’t dry clean only, just for convenience sake, but I also feel like at this price point, dry cleaning is par for the course. Sure, not everything in the box was a winner (some of the silhouettes and fits weren’t quite my style or right for my body). Still, I feel like I’d return to MM.LaFleur in the future based on the quality I experienced. I love that the box is free to get and to return, too. If you’re someone with zero time to spend looking for work clothes (or if shopping isn’t your thing), this service could be really handy!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Every Bento Box is different, so what you get might be different than what I received! All of the products above are currently available on the MM.LaFleur site shop!

Value Breakdown: This box was free to receive and return. There’s no discount associated with getting the items via the box, so to buy everything would cost me $2,345.00.

What do you think of MM.LaFleur? Would you use this service to shop?

Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!
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31 comments

Cattleya19

I’ve purchased clothing from MM and worn it. In my personal experience, while I love the pants and the fit, they did not hold up to regular wear. They started pilling within 3 wear and washes. I’ve owned many many pair of J Crew, BR, price point pants and not sure they have ever pilled. I wear the correct size (8-10). Customer service asked to receive photos but had no solution. I donated them. I would purchase a dress or a top, but never pants again.

Karen

This is so absolutely to my taste and style. I would love to wear this brand. It is not, however, within my budget. I am very hard to fit. If I were within a reasonable distance, I’d go to a store and buy a piece or two per year. That’s not possible. Illinois is not close to New York or DC. Any more stores opening?

Cary

How long do you get to keep the clothes before you have to return or buy?

Ithica

I think she mentioned 4 days.

AmyM

LOVE the blue skirt and all 3 dresses . I’ve always worked in creative environment so have never needed or really been drawn to these looks, but it’s nice to know they’re out there. My first thought as I scrolled through the looks was ‘women of Scandal’. High power, no-nonsense types who have too much else going on to spend time shopping.

Kristin

If I’m spending that kind of money I expect the clothes to fit me like a dream, unfortunately that was not the case for the majority of items as they should flow smoothly down the body not bunch up in places like the Rachel dress.

Tracy

I think this brand caters to a very specific market. The two store locations are in NYC and DC for a reason– they attract women with high-powered jobs who don’t have time to shop, like lawyers, upper management at non-profits, etc. The clothes are meant to be high-quality and professional without being flashy.

Marci

Everything looks so good on you!

I wish Canada had a clothing subscription boxes like this!

The only thing we have is stupid frockbox they suck! Cheap ass clothing and accessories 😑👎🏼

Christine

I have been buying MM LaFleur pieces for the last year and a half. The pieces are timeless and the quality is excellent. Many of the pieces are machine washable, which is a definite plus. Their pants usually come with a button so that the hem can be adjusted. Also, the pieces tend to run small IMO

Sam

I don’t know but that Felisa dress looks fab on you.

Anna Reilly

You’re so sweet! Thank you so much <3

katie

It really,truly does!

Michelle

Agree with everyone here. Those clothes look great on you, and their simple yet interesting and flattering cuts I think achieve the professional chic look they advertise. That being said, I think the prices need to be cut in half to be reasonable.

carol

Most of these look great on you; and I do understand that the quality of these expensive pieces means that they’d stand up to long-term wear. However, styles do change. And, you can find good-looking pieces at much lower price points. For example, that Dreamer’s Dress from Golden Tote; if I were you, I’d be checking for that in other colors! (BTW, there was no price given for that; I’d be curious to know the retail cost!)

Jazzy

While there’s some nice pieces, the prices are completely ridiculous. As others have said, for those prices you can get designer pieces from the best known brands — and get to pick them yourself. Maybe their demographic is very wealthy women who don’t shop and don’t care if they overpay or about whether they wear the best known designers? Seems like a real niche demographic but, hey if it works for them fine lol. You look really pretty in the items, but obviously you can buy the stuff yourself for a lot less.

Anna Reilly

This point about wanting designer pieces for these prices is a really good one. I think the quality is fantastic, but I’d typically expect the clout of a designer label at prices like these. Thanks so much for sharing your take, Jazzy!

Amanda P

This is close to their demographic. Not necessarily the kind of wealthy that would buy designer labels though. It’s for women who work and need great quality, attractive workwear but do not have any interest in – or time for – shopping. Basically you are paying for a personal assistant to shop for you so you don’t have to think about it. Also, not all women recognize or care about brand names. I can’t tell you how many times I passed up on a great $250+ dress because it seemed ridiculous and the regretted it later when I needed new clothes and just couldn’t find something at that quality for any price. And I have such a limited wardrobe (because I hate shopping so much) that I end up getting a ton of wear out of my work clothes, so the price per wear of a $250-300 dress for me is often $10 or less. Compare that to people who buy fast fashion and spend $50 on a decent dress but can only wear it 5 times before it starts looking frumpy.

Mandy

I agree with the comment below. If you want some timeless pieces, you can get basics from classic design houses and start a great wardrobe for all seasons and years from Dior, Chanel, or a more ” youthful” brand if those are too old- seeming for your age.

I bought my first Chanel suit when I was 23, my first Versace black skinny jeans when I was 24, and my first Valentino suit around the same time. I’m now over twice that age and I still have and wear the Versace jeans and the Chanel suit.

When people say ” You’re only paying more for the name”, they are terribly wrong. The true designer brands have unmistakable lines and posh fabrics which make them drape and flatter the figure like no off the rack or through the mail clothing ever will, IMO.

Lexi

Designers like Chanel & Versace don’t make plus size clothes.

Emily

Mom? Is that you???

::Twilight Zone song playing in background::

Mandy

Emily, really? You don’t see the value in buying classic designer clothing, one piece at a time if needed or desired, and keeping a few special pieces which have great quality and lines plus personal sentiment over the years?

Investing in classic designer clothing has NOTHING to do with age, and I’ve not watched but maybe one old rerun of ” Twilight Zone”, as I have never liked it

I really worry about millenials and the ” throw away” attitude.
Classic beauty is timeless and enduring.

One last thing- Regarding the quality attributed to the items of niche’ branding here. Some of the fabrics listed have double meanings- ” Viscose” is the European term for Rayon. ” Elastane” is the European name for Spandex. Not exactly silk, linen, or other luxury fabrics.

Julie

The curation seems good as the dresses are flattering on you and the pants fit well. But man, for those prices I would rather get some things I really love. By the time I saw the necklace I thought “oh that’s cute” until I saw the price!

Shawna

If I ever spent this much money on a clothing item, I’d be too scared of messing it up to wear it lol.

Elizabeth

You could buy Dior and even some more basic Chanel at those prices. You’d fair even better buying gently used designer labels on TheRealReal. They are extremely proud of these pretty basic pieces that wouldn’t hold their value on the resale market

C R

Brand new, authentic Chanel and Dior clothing at a $200-$400 price point? LOL, no way. Add another zero to the end of those numbers, maybe. Chanel and Dior are classified as premier designers and are priced accordingly (i.e., in the thousands, not hundreds). MM La Fleur is priced for the contemporary designer market, comparable to Theory, Vince, etc. Not cheap by any means, but certainly not on par with Chanel and Dior prices.

Jordan

Wow…I hope one day that I can afford these prices. Maybe after I pay off my medical student loans? Right now, I’ll stick to Old Navy and the occasional J. Crew splurge. The second pair of black pants, the blue skirt, and the twist sleeve dress are all amazing on you!!!

Michelle

Holy Moley!! Those prices are unreal. If I was going to go spend $1000. on clothes it wouldn’t be through the mail.

Anna Reilly

It is suuuuper expensive – it’s fun to review, but I personally don’t think I could manage it. They do make getting and returning your box really easy (and free!), but you have to expect to pay a lot for the pieces you decide you like. Thanks for reading and commenting, Michelle!

Beth

I love this service, but the prices make it more of a one off. The quality and customer service can’t be beat, wish it were a tad more accessible.

Mellissa Plowman

That blue skirt was amazing on you! I couldn’t imagine spending $400+ on a skirt as I’m a thrift shopper but WOW!

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